Counseling Services


Students meet with a professional counselor for a brief consultation to determine which services are most appropriate for their present concerns. Following the consultation, students are provided with recommendations for services on-campus and/or in the community in which they live.

Individual Counseling & Referrals

Short-term individual counseling (typically one semester) and referral assistance are available to students at the discretion of the counselor. The Counseling Center offers individual counseling and other support for academic and personal concerns. Referrals to community services are provided to complement campus counseling services or as more appropriate resources for a student's needs.


The Counseling Center offers workshops on topics of interest to students at Holy Family University. Check with the Counseling Center or the campus calendar for current topics and dates.

Reverse Invitations

Check your email – the Counseling Center is coming to your classrooms, offices, and residential housing. Through Reverse Invitations, we tailor presentations to your specific requests. Rather than predesigning workshops, tell us what you want included in a program. We wish to educate you in areas that you find important to your everyday living and overall health. Please reply to the email invitations we will send out to set up a workshop with our staff.

Choosing a Major & Vocational Interest Assessment

The Counseling Center, often in collaboration with the Careers Center, offers personality and vocational assessment tools designed to assist students with making good decisions regarding their major area of study and career choices. Utilizing various tools, students can begin making decisions about choosing a major and career path in line with their personality style and long-term goals. Students currently utilizing Counseling Center services will work with our office; other students should contact the Careers Center directly for vocational assessment services.

Services for Faculty and Staff

The Counseling Center does not provide counseling services to Holy Family University faculty, staff or administrators. Legal and ethical guidelines prohibit "dual relationships" and thus it would be inappropriate for Counseling Center staff to provide professional services to colleagues. Counseling Center staff are willing to provide referral resources of broader scope to individuals upon request. All employees are encouraged to contact Human Resources to discuss mental health benefits that are available.

Included below are two readily available resources a faculty/staff member may wish to access:

  • The United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania offers "First Call for Help", a clearinghouse of free resources and referral services for faculty and staff. Representatives are available M-Fr, 9:00-5:00 pm at 215-568-3750. Brochures for this service are available in Human Resources, HFH 209 and in the Counseling Center Resource Room, CC 205.
  • UNUM's Worklife Balance Program offers free phone, face-to-face & online EAP resources for full-time employees and faculty of Holy Family University, with 24 hour access at 800-854-1446 or visit (user ID & password is lifebalance)